Monday, December 24, 2007

Read the ongoing translation of yogavAsiShTha online at google newsgroup yoga-vasishtha. It is being translated by Jiva Das, a long term yoga practitioner. He warns in his preface that the "central teaching of this Masterpiece of Philosophical Literature has mainly this to say: 'This Universe in which you take so much stock,--it never was, it is not now, and it will never be. And if you are ripe for such lunacy, then you should settle down for a seven-year journey." Some of the difficult Sanskrit words are explained in a separate file. Author's favorite verse from Yogavasishtha is
santoShaH paramo lAbhaH satsa~NgaH paramA gatiH |
vichAraH paramaM j~nAnaM shamo hi paramaM sukham ||
सन्तोषः परमो लाभः सत्सङ्गः परमा गतिः ।
विचारः परमं ज्ञानं शमो हि परमं सुखम् ॥
Contentment is the highest gain, Good Company the highest course, Enquiry the highest wisdom, and Peace the highest enjoyment.

The Atma Jyoti Ashram is a spiritual center in Cedar Crest, New Mexico and is also dedicated to promoting and living the traditional Hindu monastic life in US. The well developed site provides many articles, audio/video clippings, high resolution photographs, well-written blogs by Swami Nirmalananda Giri and details of Om Yoga Meditation, and inspiring tips to spiritual seekers. It maintains a Sanskrit glossary which could be modified to promote correct pronunciation of Sanskrit words.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Streaming realplayer audio of Sanskrit stotras at spiritual-happiness.com and bhajans/devotional songs devotionalsinging.com chanted/sung by Kumuda, aka Sharon Janis.

Indolipi, a software for indologists and linguists developed by Elmar Kniprath at the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany. It is a multipurpose tool box dealing with Unicode Open Type fonts of various scripts.

Friday, December 21, 2007

The site http://www.geocities.com/yajur.veda
hosts many documents from Krishna Yajur Veda with vedic svaras with display in Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Grantha-Tamil scripts. The texts include Rudram, Pancha Suktam, Yajur Veda Suktas, Mahanyasam, Taittiriya Aranyaka, Brahamanam, and Samhita, and upanishads. It is built by K. Narasimha Rao .

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Kootastha Veda Shastra Poshaka Sangha in Bangalore is established to promote the study of the Vedas and the Shastras. The http://www.kootastha.org site has audio and video clips of suprabhatams, rudra, and suuktas for download. Most of the meanings are in Kannada.

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